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US Treasury Secretary said to meet with Mohammed bin Salman

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is in Riyadh for a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers

US Treasury Secretary said to meet with Mohammed bin Salman

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is likely to meet with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mnuchin is in the Saudi capital for a Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers that concludes Sunday. A Treasury Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communication didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The G-20’s host nation is embarking on a year in the international spotlight, a task complicated after two years dominated by stories about the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, and allegations by Amazon Inc. founder Jeff Bezos that his phone was hacked by Saudi Arabia. Saudi officials have vehemently denied the allegation.

In an effort to make a mark on the global stage, the crown prince has been deeply involved in arrangements for the G-20, even having a say in the event’s logo.

While the prince has pushed through dramatic cultural and economic reforms in the conservative kingdom, his work has been overshadowed by outrage over Khashoggi, a crackdown on dissent denounced by human rights groups, and the kingdom’s leading role in the grinding five-year war in Yemen.

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